After removing three Karmic impediments, follow The Noble Eightfold Path. Once Ten Evils are destroyed, Ten Goods automatically appear: thus, we have made a step forward morally. However, this progress does not mean we have reached our objective. In this sense, practicing the Noble Eightfold Path is necessary because it is one of the daily recited sutras for anyone interested in escaping from the wrong path but advancing on the deliverance path.
The Noble Eightfold Path consists of:
1. Right View
2. Right Thought
3. Right Livelihood
4. Right Effort
5. Right Action
6. Right Speech
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration
1.-RIGHT VIEW: Right is conforming to Truth. To View is seeing, observing. The
Right View is seeing or observing things as they are. Unfortunately, humans tend to let their egos be carried away and aberrant. Sometimes, they do not know what their right path is because of their ignorance, hostility, and self-interest. Therefore their judgment is so bigotted as to cause others to suffer from injustice. In this sense, the Right View teaches us to investigate any problem thoroughly to avoid any mistaken judgment, whether ours or others. The thorough observation and consideration shall prevent our Wrong View (misjudgment), deviation, that helps us discard our ego conducive to blurring our insight, but to make a fair decision.
It also helps us understand worldly entanglements, religious miracles, chase away perversions, and temptations, return to morality, and freedom from the drudgery world. Finally, it enables us to avoid all the fallacies whence we shall not get lost in practice.
2.-RIGHT THOUGHT: the morally right thought.
Born to the world, humans are prone to temptations, e.g., self-interest, power, and marital obligations. Our minds always whirl with these things which hold us captive. This is on our wrong part.
On our right part, we are taught that our mind must be peaceful, our character must be tranquil, we must keep our thought noble, and our intellet seek out the Truth. This Truth is our Tao toward mankind, toward the Supreme and toward ourselves. Thus, let our thoughts engage in the search for the way to salvage the living from their dreadful cycle of rebirth. Believe in the Supreme and pray for the Divine to bless mankind. Seek to liberalize ourselves by leading a frugal, fully mindful existence .
3.-RIGHT LIVELIHOOD: The honest, legitimate way to earn a living.
For Buddhist votaries, among their meditation sessions, sutra reciting and steady pacing, reading sutras, writing books, and volunteering in temples, nothing could lead them to create bad karma at all.
On the contrary, home practicers are occupied with making a living and struggle for survival; some are busy trading, others doing this or that, but for the sake of their bodies. However, even though their existences are permeated by their livelihood, they are very different from the thieves and tricksters in that their acts are not fraudulent and inhumane. In making a reasonable living, they also vow to give up on illegal careers: prostitution, drug and alcohol trafficking, speculation, cut-throat loans, etc.
Even though these traders do not pressurize their customers, the fact that they do these businesses would prompt the human being to be spoiled, depraved, and debauched. They are accomplices to the criminals who are addicts and drunkards.
Therefore, the Right Livelihood forbids us from taking these careers.
The home practicer must not kill animals for no reason, nor must they beat or stab anyone, possibly committing several sins.
4.-RIGHT EFFORT: going ahead with the right faith.
Atheism often holds that the human body is human itself. As the body appears or disappears, so will the human with it. There are no Saints, Deities, Almighty God, and Buddha; no consequences nor cycle of rebirth; neither sins nor merits, neither spirit nor soul. Life is the human body; living is fighting. The strong wins and the weaker loses. Thus, there are so many deceptions, ruses and tricks, ruthlessness and injustices, and the like, which are all resorted to.
In this sense, the Right Effort advises us to keep our faith being always vigorous. No matter how strong temptations are, and how forceful our desires are, we will not abandon our beliefs in the Supreme and to follow others, and we shall not give in. And we must always remember the Blessed One’s world salvage mission, must always remember that the sentient beings are drowning in the worldly sea, that, as long as anyone among the former is still suffering, we must also suffer for them, that we have the obligation to enlighten the worldly and to eliminate the bitterness of the cycle of rebirth.
Doing so, we must first seek the way to enlighten ourselves, advance toward the Nirvana, resolve to achieve the Tao enlightenment to guide the worldly from their troublesome realm. Eradicate any depression, wickedness, the attachment of our Six Sense Organs to Six Sense Objects, and strive to sharpen our minds, and cultivate our virtues to perfection: tranquility, happiness, seriousness, resoluteness, determination to step toward the Nirvana to liberate the sentient beings from the consequential cycle of rebirth.
5.-RIGHT ACTION: the action that is correct and pure.
People tend to take their bodies for the core of their lives, which they adore and care of. This originates from the Six Sense Organs: Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue, Body, and Thought. The eyes love to see the form, the ears the good sound, the nose the perfume, the tongue the delicious foods, the body the comfort, and the thought the fame and high positions.
People seek different ways to nurture their bodies, thus making their minds increasingly obscure, dumb, and no longer concerned over their demise.
Therefore, avoid what would obscure our mind, all kinds of luxury, so we can gain self-mastery and seek immortality. Take meditation for core, acumen for life, the soul entering the Lotus and ascending to Nirvana.
6.-RIGHT SPEECH: the speech that is right.
The Six-Sense Organs make humans infatuated with Six-Sense Objects.
As are interested in nurturing their bodies, humans develop their cravings as sources of sins, among which the karma of the tongue exists: double-tongued, slanderous (causing disharmony among people), scolding (scolding one’s inferiors; cruel speech (using obscenities, cursing Deities); and telling a lie (forging stories).
Practice a genuine, truthful, speech. Eliminate lies, misleading, rude and harsh speeches. In any discussion, you should speak with transparency and honesty. Toward your superiors or inferiors, use a decent language, and advise others to do the right thing beneficial to the living and by morality.
Humans tend to think of what exists and what does not when they win and lose, whom they love and hate. Seven Sentiments and Six Desires force humans to waste so much mental and physical energy to serve them. Fame and wealth, shared emotion, power, affluence, etc., are daily memorized. Therefore, humans always struggle within the Six-Path cycle of rebirth, which they cannot escape.
To escape from the above, that is, reincarnations and miserable, disastrous lives, try to contemplate practicing methods, abandon ephemera and, instead, memorize Lord Buddha’s merits toward the sentient beings, and engrave Buddhist principles. Remember that our bodies are made of Four Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind) and sooner or later, they will be decomposed. Having done so, we can surrender our various emotions and desires and avoid their associated misfortunes.
8.-RIGHT CONCENTRATION: Contemplation that is right.
Humans often intend to polish themselves up, to enrich themselves, to increase their wealth, etc., that is, they have entirely puny and base intentions. They do not understand that their lives are impermanent, variable from day to day, transient and displaceable, and their wealth is like clouds before winds, and foams on waves. The Births, Diseases, Agings, and Deaths, are imposed on one person after another and so forth, that is, upon all without exception. However, they are crazy about pursuing vain glory and ephemeral opulence, in a narrow-minded manner, without knowing that nothing on earth is permanent and immutable.
If meditation is used to destroy their mental umbrage, they can see that, beyond this, they will no longer be depressed, nor do they suffer karmic reincarnation. And when we use the Right Concentration to get rid of all kinds of depression and all desires that drown us in wickedness, our minds will no longer be agitated, then it will be illuminated like the full moon of the Lunar Month, that is, it is crystal clear as it is not contaminated by its external environment, pure of worldly things, and we progress toward Deliverance.
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